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International Day of Peace

International Day of Peace

Image source: internationaldayofpeace.org

It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to cultivate mutual respect for others and the world in which we live, and help people forge more just, inclusive and peaceful societies.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

The International Day of Peace is being celebrated this year on Saturday, September 21st.

The day of peace offers a particular time where people, communities, administrations and world nations can share a preset date of peaceful intentions. Events spanning the globe will take place over the weekend in recognition.

International Day of Peace

Image source: from un.org – The Japanese Peace Bell

It began in 1981 by being unanimously voted in by the United Nations General Assembly, and the first International Peace Day was officiated in September of 1982. It was established by the UN in 2002 that September 21 would be recognized as the permanent annual date.

The day serves as a reminder that no matter what individual, cultural or societal differences we hold, a similarity we all have is an interest in creating the best for our loved ones. In addition to the effect in our immediate lives, the day can also create awareness of a larger, global society.

And while one day is not enough, this is also an acclaimed day of international ceasefire.

No events scheduled in your area? A huge happening isn’t necessary to be involved.

Take part in a global moment of silence at noon in your own part of the world to reflect on the significance of the day, and to hope for not only a future of equality and humanity, but a present state of lasting world peace.

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